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PR Potato grower's purchase of forestland draws scrutiny

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By Stephanie Hemphill / Minnesota Public Radio

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The sale of forestland to a big potato grower in northern Minnesota is drawing fire from some legislators.

Potlatch Corporation sold 1,500 acres in Cass County to Ronald Offutt, who harvested the trees and is converting the land to potato fields.

State Rep. Jean Wagenius, DFL-Minneapolis, is concerned that runoff from the fields could pollute the Pinelands Sands aquifer.

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